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Ohio State Football: Eligibility Isn't Only Thing Keeping Buckeyes from Title

Oct 27, 2012; University Park, PA, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs with the ball during the first quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium.  Ohio State defeated Penn State 35-23.  Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2012

Wisconsin and Michigan will both try to stop them, but Ohio State is going to finish the 2012 season undefeated, a perfect 12-0 on the season.

Typically, an undefeated Buckeyes team would not only find themselves ranked in the Top 5 of the BCS standings, but they'd be in the running to play in the National Championship game.

Obviously, that's not possible in 2012, with the Buckeyes dealing with sanctions that prohibit them from participating in postseason action.

But even if the Buckeyes were bowl-eligible, they wouldn't be winning the National Championship.

There is no question that Braxton Miller is one of the most dynamic players in the nation, accounting for nearly 3,000 yards from scrimmage and 27 touchdowns through 10 games.

Those aren't impressive numbers; those are ridiculous numbers. Those are Heisman Trophy-worthy numbers.

But Miller is one man, and against two teams with a legitimate shot at the BCS Title in 2012—Alabama and Kansas State—Ohio State would fall short.

Neither team allows the opposition to run the ball.

Kansas State allows fewer than 100 yards rushing per game, thanks largely in part to senior linebackers Jarell Childs and Arthur Brown.

Alabama allows fewer than 70 yards per game, less three yards per carry and not even a full rushing touchdown per game to the opposition.

Miller doesn't have the receivers needed to stretch the field and keep defenses honest, and neither he nor Carlos Hyde would be able to effectively move the ball against either defense.

If Ohio State can't run the ball, they can't win. And they couldn't run the ball as well as they need to against either of those squads.

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